Posts Tagged ‘Mary Magdalene’

TombAfter Jesus was crucified, Joseph of Arimathea had Christ’s body placed in his own tomb. A large stone covered the entrance and soldiers guarded the sealed tomb. On the third day, a Sunday, several women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and Salome are all mentioned in the gospel accounts) went to the tomb at dawn to anoint the body of Jesus.

A violent earthquake took place as an angel from heaven rolled back the stone. The guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone. The angel announced to the women that Jesus who was crucified was no longer in the tomb, “He is risen, just as he said.” Then he instructed the women to inspect the tomb and see for themselves. Next he told them to go inform the disciples.

With a mixture of fear and joy they ran to obey the angel’s command, but suddenly Jesus met them on their way. They fell at his feet and worshiped him. Jesus then said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me.”

When the guards reported what had happened to the chief priests, they bribed the soldiers with a large sum of money, telling them to lie and say that the disciples had stolen the body in the night.

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the women near the tomb and later at least twice to the disciples while they were gathered at a house in prayer. He visited two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and he also appeared at the Sea of Galilee while several of the disciples were fishing.

Points of Interest from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Story:

• There are at least 12 different appearances of Christ in the resurrection accounts, beginning with Mary and ending with Paul. They were physical, tangible experiences with Christ eating, speaking and allowing himself to be touched.

• Jesus’ resurrected body was different from his physical body. It was no longer subject to the same laws of nature. He could transcend locked doors, and yet he could still be touched and he could eat.

• Before Jesus ascended into heaven he gave the Great Commission, telling his followers to go and make disciples of all nations.

• The stone was not rolled away from the tomb so Jesus could get out. He was able to walk through walls (John 20:19) in his resurrected body. The stone was rolled away so that everyone could see that he was risen.

Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This may shock you a bit but I want to share with you a passage from the Bible that few remember, but can change your life if you follow this example of true love and sacrifice.


MATTHEW 27:57-61 (NLT)As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea, who was on of Jesus‘ followers, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance as he left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting nearby watching.


In the days that this passage took place, it was common for  wealthy people to buy elaborate tombs so after they died, they could be remembered by everyone as having been important. Joseph had bought one of these tombs for that very reason, but after the death of Jesus, he lovingly decided that the “Tomb of honor” was better used by someone who truly deserved a place of honor in all of our lives-Jesus Himself.


What have you done in your life that honors Jesus in such a way? Have you given your toys and tombs priority over Jesus? Do you see Jesus as someone who answers your prayers and keeps your life in order, or do you see him as someone you love so much that you would do anything for Him….including giving up your prized possession?


Our lives and relationship with God will never be right unless we learn to love Him more than ourselves and needs. I ask that as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we also HONESTLY evaluate our relationship with Him. Learn to give up the things that bring worldly pleasure and replace them with the love and actions that bring you the joy of an honest and loving relationship with the man that gave His life for you. Remember, Jesus doesn’t ask for much, just your love….will you give it?